Nurses’ Week Spotlight: Anne-Marie Blais
Nurses’ Week – established in honour of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing – is a longstanding tradition of celebrating the tremendous role that nurses play in every stage of a resident/patient’s healthcare journey. The COVID-19 pandemic brings to light the courage and commitment nurses bring to their profession every day.
Medical Pharmacies is entwined with nurses in all that we do, across all our lines of business, which is why our Nurses’ Week theme this year is friendship. Today, we’d like to introduce you to one of our friends, Anne-Marie Blais, our Clinical Support Nurse at Ontario Medical Supply (OMS), who assists the Community Care agencies’ employees, managers and clients with inquiries related to Home Infusion, Wound Care, Urinary, Ostomy, Respiratory, and Enteral Feeding products.
1. Why did you want to be, or what was your inspiration to become a Clinical Support Nurse?
After being a home care nurse for almost a decade, I wanted to take my career to the next level, but remain involved with home care.
2. What has been your favourite experience at OMS?
Every opportunity I get to share knowledge and expertise is my favourite!
3. Which has been more valuable in your career, your education or your experience? Why?
When you are a nurse, education and experience work hand in hand. Together, they are greater than the sum of their parts. Education and experience are both extremely valuable, and nurses in all fields need both.
4. How do you motivate yourself and your team during COVID?
I remind myself and my colleagues that we are instrumental in keeping people as healthy as possible and away from hospitals. We may not be ICU staff physically working on COVID-19 patients, but we do enable people to be discharged from the hospital sooner, leaving rooms for the sickest.